The second iteration of the Road to UFC tournament kicked off on Saturday, May 27 and continued on Sunday, with the quarterfinal round featuring four weight classes with eight fighters each vying for a UFC deal.
On Saturday, episodes 1 and 2 featured flyweight and featherweight quarterfinal action, and produced some exhilarating results — including a very Matt Brown-like elbow KO by former ONE Championship tournament winner Li Kaiwen.
Would we get similar results on Sunday, with familiar names like former UFC fighter Zhu Rong in action at Road to UFC 2, along with Japanese standouts Kazuma Maruyama and Shohei Nose?
Episode 3 found Rong, still just 23, looking to win his way back into the promotion after going 1-2 inside the octagon in a three fight stint from 2021-22. Rong had bounced back with a win over Felipe Maia at UAE Warriors 34 last year.
Road to UFC 2: Episode 3 is available to stream live on UFC Fight Pass kicking off at 6AM ET on Saturday, May 28, 2023. Full results from the card can be found below.
Road to UFC 2, Episode 3 Results
Lightweight Tournament Bout: Rong Zhu def. Seong Chan Hong by TKO, Round 1, 2:17
Bantamweight Tournament Bout: Shuya Kamikubo def. Baergeng Jieleyisi by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Lightweight Tournament Bout: Sang Wook Kim def. Kazuma Maruyama by submission (D’arce choke), Round 1, 3:08
Bantamweight Tournament Bout: Xiao Long def. Shohei Nose by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Welterweight Bout: Sang Hoon Yoon def. Chris Hofmann by TKO (knee and punches) Round 3, 3:10